A Day In the Life of a Student in the Chiang Mai, Thailand TEFL Class

International TEFL Academy is proud to offer a world-class 4-week Chiang Mai TEFL course at our partner TEFL school’s headquarters located in the heart of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Employing a state-of-the-art curriculum and taught by expert university-level instructors, this course is designed to provide you with the skills & qualification you need to succeed in teaching English abroad. This course is fun and you will learn a ton, but it is also very demanding and requires that you be prepared to meet the full-time demands of a rigorous university-level course. To help you prepare for this course, we've put together a typical day in the life schedule to outline the daily grind and committment required. 

Living in the ‘Land of Smiles’ - What it's Like Teaching English in Thailand

Opportunities to teach English in Thailand are plentiful- just as the country itself offers a multitude of natural marvels and numerous stunning Buddhist temples, you will easily find a satisfying teaching job that suits your personal interests and qualifications.

Positions are available in schools throughout Thailand, particularly in Bangkok, the nation’s geographic, economic and cultural capital. Other popular places in Thailand to teach are the cities of Chang Mai, Phuket, and Pattaya.

As an English teacher in Thailand, you can expect a wide variety of incredible and inexpensive food, good music and great nightlife, cheap movies, and remarkable diversity.

Thai people are very open, friendly and willing to help, especially if they see that you’re respectful of their customs and interested in staying awhile. The Thai concept of time may surprise some expats at first- the Thais tend to live at a slower pace, preferring to linger and relax, leaving their Western counterparts to rush and hurry through life. Buddhist values permeate all levels of Thai culture, from the concept of “mai pen rai” (roughly translated to "don’t worry about it"), to ideas related to social hierarchy and values. English teachers in Thailand are automatically respected by right of their position, as all teachers are highly revered in Thai society.

The concept of sanuk (translated to mean ‘fun’) is also very important to keep in mind while teaching English in Thailand. Students here appreciate lessons that are very interactive and entertaining. Include lots of language-learning games and plenty of activities in your lesson plans while you teach!

As an English teacher in Thailand, you will typically be referred to as either an “ajarn” or “kru.” An ajarn is usually a professor who lectures at a university, rather than a basic English teacher, but the use of this term signifies the admiration you can expect to receive from both your students and their families. Kru is a better word to describe your position, as it simply means “teacher.”

On your off days, there are a myriad of gorgeous diversions for English teachers in Thailand to explore. If you’re working on your TEFL certification in Thailand, the International TEFL Academy’s host city, Pattaya, is known for it’s fantastic beaches and nearby coral islets.